Sunday, thousands of runners from across the province took off from the starting point of the Tely10 in Paradise and made the grueling 16 kilometre trek to the finish line. For some, they had eyes on winning the top prize in either the men’s or women’s division— for the record this years winners were Colin Fewer and Jennifer Murrin — while others just wanted to get that completion medal at the end. For them, the Tely10 is more than road race. For them, it has become a gut check en route to reaching the goals they set for themselves.
The Tely10 has become a fitness starting point of sorts. People use it was a benchmark when they want to change their lives around and get themselves to a better place.
They look at it and start moving more, eating right and making the kind of choices that will put them in a better place in the future. They look at it and ask themselves, can I? Can I push myself for the next number of months?
Am I going to back out?
Can I finish the race?
It isn’t easy to change your life.
It takes plenty of sacrifices. It’s harder then saying ‘I want to do this.’
Anyone can throw a blanket statement skyward and just expect it to happen. It is a lot harder to set a goal and stick to it.
The Tely10 has become a goal for plenty of people. Ask the person next to you if they know someone who said they were going to run the race.
Chances are they know some who did, but a lot more who said they would but didn’t.
It’s easy to ‘I’m going to run the Tely10.’ It’s a lot harder to follow through.
It can be even harder for those from the west coast. There’s a heck of a drive both ways to meet their goals.
Those who made the 8-hour trek east are to be commended. They set their goals, answered their personal questions and finished what is a grueling race.
So, how does one follow meeting their mark? There has to be something else to keep them on the path, so to speak.
So, the new question for those on the west coast who set the Tely10 as their goal is a simple one.
In a way, it’s more important that the one you asked yourself first.